News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

September 08, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 27

Faculty/Staff Updates

Lauralee Zimmerly selected as the 2009 Idaho Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance’s Outstanding Dance Educator of the Year

Lauralee Zimmerly, associate dance lecturer at Idaho State University, was selected as the 2009 Idaho Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance’s (IAHPERD) Outstanding Dance Educator of the Year.

Awarded annually, IAHPERD recognizes an exemplary teacher/educator in the areas of physical education, health, dance or sport. Zimmerly was honored because of her creative teaching methods, balanced curriculum, promotion and understanding of dance as an integral culture as well as serving as a positive role model for her students.

Her commitment is evident as Zimmerly shares her creative work throughout Idaho and is an active participant in local, state and national dance organizations.

“I am thrilled to be working in the dance program at ISU and with other dance educators across the state of Idaho to focus on our statewide visions and goals regarding movement and dance for the citizenry of Idaho,” Zimmerly said. “I am pleased to be recognized by my dance colleagues for doing my small part.”

Zimmerly will represent Idaho State University at the annual conference this fall in Moscow. In addition, she will share her talents and present a dance workshop at the conference.

Associate Professor and Catalog Librarian Philip Homan has joined five other Idaho State University faculty in the Speakers Bureau of the Idaho Humanities Council

Eli M. Oboler Library Associate Professor and Catalog Librarian Philip Homan has joined five other Idaho State University faculty in the Speakers Bureau of the Idaho Humanities Council.

Homan’s program is entitled “Queen of Diamonds: Kittie Wilkins, Horse Queen of Idaho, and the Wilkins Horse Company.” The boss of the Wilkins Horse Company in the Bruneau Valley of Owyhee County and owner of 10,000 range-bred horses, all branded with her famous Diamond brand—the largest herd owned by one family in the West—the Queen of Diamonds was the only woman at the turn of the twentieth century whose sole occupation was as a horse dealer. She sold horses by the carloads in the livestock markets of the United States, even making the largest horse sale ever in the West.

Homan is writing the first biography of Wilkins.

Sandra Mayden, Office Specialist II in the Idaho State University Foundation, is retiring

Sandra Mayden, Office Specialist II in the ISU Foundation, is retiring Sept. 18. There will be a reception in her honor on Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 9-11 a.m. in the Heritage Room in the Pond Student Union. Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate Sandra’s 12 years of service to ISU and the community.

News Bites

Flu season will soon be upon us, and this year, officials are concerned about the H1N1 flu virus as well

To help prevent the spread of seasonal flu and H1N1 on campus, here are a few tips from the Student Health Center:

Action Steps to Prevent the Spread of Flu

Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often and with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. Avoid shaking hands. Clean flat surfaces, phones, computer keyboards, etc. often.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder; not your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs spread this way.

Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. A fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if the person feels very warm, has a flushed appearance, or is sweating or shivering. Other signs include dry cough, headache, extreme tiredness and runny or stuffy nose.

Stay home if you are sick for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever or signs of a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) without the use of fever-reducing medications. Staying away from others while sick can prevent others from getting sick, too. Ask a roommate, friend, or family member to check up on you and to bring you food and supplies if needed.

Talk to your health care provider to find out if you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu and/or H1N1 (Swine) flu.

If you are symptomatic, call your health care provider or the Student Health Center at ext. 2330 before going to their office. If you have chest pain or difficulty breathing call or go to your health center or emergency room right away.

Tips For Working With Students During Flu Season:

The following steps were suggested in a recent letter from Provost Gary Olson:

The ISU Homecoming 2009 parade is set for 10 a.m. Oct. 3

The Idaho State University Homecoming 2009 Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, in Pocatello will start at the corner of South First Avenue and Center Street, just east of the Center Street Underpass.

From the starting point, the parade will proceed up Center Street to South 15th Avenue, where entries will turn right and continue to the parade’s finish at the Holt Arena parking lot.

Parade entries are due by noon Friday, Sept. 25. After this date a $25 late fee applies. No entries will be accepted after noon Friday, Oct. 2.

The parade’s theme is “Cruising with the Cats!” and will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by the annual pregame tailgate party and football game. The parade lineup begins at 8 a.m.

The parade staging area will be along First Avenue from Center Street south to Humbolt Street. The parade check-in/entrance points will be at Lovejoy and Humbolt Streets. For entries that have horses, there will be a staging and parking area on Sutter Street.

The first 75 applicants will enter the parade route at the corner of Second Avenue and Lovejoy Street, and the second 75 applicants will enter at the corner of Second Avenue and Humboldt on a first-come, first-served basis. Parade organizers are requesting that parade participants take steps to avoid creating traffic congestion at the parade’s staging area. Only parade entries may enter the parade line-up at the Lovejoy and Humbolt check-in/entrance points. Floats and entries need to be fully constructed before coming onto First Avenue.

All other traffic, such as vehicles dropping off parade participants, will not be allowed on First Avenue because this creates great safety concerns for pedestrians moving about the congested staging area.

Special slots have been reserved for bands, cheerleaders, drill teams, and dance groups. Parade officials will space these groups so that spectators will be able to hear and see them independently. There is no room to reserve space for multiple groups to follow bands. If a group is planning to follow a band, they must arrive with the band to ensure a space.

Groups will be required to stage at a different area away from First Avenue, and then walk to the parade starting area. The ISU Pond Student Union parking lot located at the end of Humbolt and Dillon Streets, and the ISU parking lot on Fourth Avenue between Terry and Putnam Streets, are both good staging and parking areas for parade participants. There may also be parking available on the side streets east of Second Avenue.

There are no parade entry fees for University-registered student organizations or other educational entities such as University departments or community public schools. The fee for non-profit agencies is $32. Commercial entry fees for businesses, political candidates and community groups are $65 per unit. Examples of a unit are a motorized vehicle with or without attached trailer, walking group or marching group. Applicants must specify what type of unit they are entering.

For more information, contact parade chair Jason Sperry at 282-2879 or

“Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortensen, has been chosen as the book for the Fall 2009 Reading Project

“Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School at a Time,” by Greg Mortensen, has been chosen as the book for the Fall 2009 Reading Project.

The ISU Reading Project consists of a series of events to encourage reading and stimulate debate among those at ISU and in the community, said project chair Bonnie Frantz.

In November, the University will sponsor lectures, panel discussions and an essay contest to provide opportunities for discussion and debate.

“Three Cups of Tea” is the story of Mortenson’s journey from a failed attempt to climb K2 Mountain in Pakistan to his success in establishing schools in some of the most remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He has survived armed kidnapping by the Taliban, firefights with feuding Afghan warlords and hate mail and death threats from fellow Americans. Today, he has established 64 schools, helping more than 26,000 children.

“Three Cups of Tea” is available in local bookstores, online retailers and at the Marshall Public Library.

The ISU Office of Research invites all to attend an open house Tuesday, Sept. 15

The ISU Office of Research invites all to attend an open house Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2-4 p.m. in Rendezvous Suites A, B and C.

Come learn about:

For more information, please contact Carole Gull at ext. 3134.

The ISU Psychology clinic is accepting clients for psychological and behavioral health services

The Idaho State University Psychology Clinic, located on the fifth floor of Garrison Hall on the ISU Pocatello campus, is a university training clinic that provides psychological and behavior health services at very low cost.

The following services are available: 1) therapy for panic/anxiety, depression or other emotional disorders; 2) parent-child interactional treatment for child behavior problems; 3) neuro-cognitive assessments for patients who have medical conditions that might disrupt cognitive functioning, memory, or executive functioning; 4) couples and family therapy; 5) treatment for headaches and other forms of chronic pain; and 6) substance abuse treatment.

There are immediate openings with the start of the new semester. There is no charge for an initial consultation.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call ext. 2129.

Students can enter a contest to create the design for this year’s ISU Holiday card

Idaho State University undergraduate and graduate students can enter a contest to create the design for this year’s ISU Holiday card. The contest winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship; the runner-up receives a $500 scholarship.

The deadline for entries is Oct. 19 and the winning selection will be announced by Oct. 26. Entrants should try to capture the spirit and beauty of the holiday season, while thematically incorporating ISU.

Contest rules are:

All entries must be turned in to the President’s Office by 5 p.m. on Oct. 19. No entries will be accepted after that time. All entries except the winning entry can be picked up in the President’s Office between Oct. 26 and Nov. 6. All entries not picked up by Nov. 6 become the property of Idaho State University.

For more information, contact the ISU President’s Office at ext. 4798, or e-mail with any questions.

Find out more information what is happening with Tigeri, ISU’s Enterprise Resource Planning project

Tigeri, ISU’s Enterprise Resource Planning project, is integrating all of the University’s data into one powerful new system. The new computer system, powered by Banner software, will begin providing new and improved services for students starting in October.

Look for these new features coming soon.

Power will be shut off in five campus buildings Sept. 19 while electrical transformers are repaired and replaced

Idaho Power has identified electrical transformers which must be repaired or replaced immediately. This work will help reduce the chances of unplanned outages.

Power will be shut off on Saturday, Sept. 19, 6:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in Frazier Hall, Liberal Arts Building, Business Administration Building, Pharmacy Building and the Fine Arts Building.

These buildings cannot be occupied during the shutdown time.

While other areas shouldn’t be affected, there is always a possibility of a broader impact. Please plan accordingly.

For additional information, contact the Facilities Services Office at ext. 2784.

ISU Provost Gary Olson will be the featured speaker Sept. 11 at Second Friday, hosted by the ISU Graduate Student Association

Idaho State University Provost Gary Olson will be the featured speaker Sept. 11 at Second Friday, hosted by the ISU Graduate Student Association.

Second Friday will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Rendezvous Complex, Suites A and B. Admission to the event is free.

These monthly events will be held on the second Friday of each month throughout the school year. These events are designed to create a community of connection amongst graduate students at ISU.

For more information, contact Cynthia Pemberton at ext. 3140 or